Cabinet minister Robert Jenrick has strongly refuted allegations that Boris Johnson is Islamophobic.
It comes after the Muslim Council of Britain claimed Islamophobia was “particularly acute” in the party.
Speaking to talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer he said the Prime Minister was a liberal person with Britain’s most diverse cabinet.
“He has a Muslim Chancellor at his side. There’s absolutely no credible evidence that the Prime Minister is racist or Islamophobic.”
The Tories and Labour have faced on-going allegations of institutionalised prejudice during the election campaign.
During an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Neil, Mr Corbyn said: “We will not allow anti-Semitism in any form in our society because it is poisonous and divisive, just as much as Islamophobia or far-right racism is.”
Former Labour MP Ronnie Campbell said the party had worked hard to eliminate antisemites from its ranks but that Jeremy Corbyn should apologise.
“We’ve tried to root them all out. Unfortunately when Jeremy got elected we had around 200,000 members and when Jeremy got elected it went up to 500,000 and I think we got a lot of those people coming in who have this idea of being antisemitic,” he said.
“In all fairness he should apologise to the Jewish people who feel offended for what’s been said in the past.”
Former attorney general Dominic Grieve told talkRADIO the major parties were led by individuals “unfit for office for different reasons”.
“I’m certainly not going to ever facilitate a Jeremy Corbyn government going into Downing Street,” he said.
“Equally, I think Boris Johnson is a serious menace and a dishonest politician. The Conservative manifesto is a dishonest document and he’s making promises about solving or bringing Brexit to an end which are simply not tenable.”
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